Friday, June 30
Returning runners repeat wins on challenging course
Ken Brenner fondly recalls the days he and his sister Patty Brenner Hagberg used to jog up the trail along Spring Creek to Buffalo Pass.
Guettich, Shunny head to Germany for World Championships
Hands off. It might as well be the sporting motto in Germany during July.
U.S. Forest Service Update for June 1, 2006
About 6,000 people are at the illegal Rainbow Family gathering site and incoming traffic has increased.
Little League coach Stace Toye set out the clean, bright red district tournament jerseys.
Local racer urges folks to start training
Bill Goldsmith may not have been pleased with his finish last Sunday at the 2006 Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene, but at least the Steamboat Springs triathlete was content getting his "base miles" at the grueling Idaho race. This means Goldsmith's body can handle being subjected to Ironman races that include a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. This also means he'll be ready for the significantly tamer second annual Steamboat Triathlon on Aug. 27.
City officials are working to improve the appearance of the alley between Yampa and Lincoln avenues.
Humane Society vaccinates dogs at Rainbow Gathering
Officials with the Routt County Humane Society spent Friday vaccinating dogs for the Parvovirus at the Rainbow Gathering in hopes of halting an outbreak.
Visitors concerned about Rainbow gathering activities
Steamboat Lake State Park manager Ken Brink stared despondently across the lake on the eve of one of the park's busiest weekends. There were no vehicles Friday afternoon on the Placer Cove boat ramp, where he is used to seeing 12 to 15 vehicles backing in boat trailers.
Partners children forge relationships by building scarecrows
Jailei and Missy are singers, fraternal twin sisters and scarecrows.
Office supply chain interested in Steamboat
Staples, with more than 1,500 office supply stores and $16.1 billion in annual sales, is preparing to enter the Steamboat Springs market.
Pi Kappa Phi members on bike ride to raise funds, awareness
Tony Macias knows all about the beer guzzling, party fanatic "frat boy" stereotype.
Defendant accused of using gun to rob Steamboat resident of drugs
A Craig man accused of using a gun to rob a Steamboat Springs man of 10 grams of methamphetamine pleaded guilty to felony robbery and menacing during a court hearing Friday.
Steamboat Springs resident Bonnie Lurenda Laws Postoskie died June 21, 2006. She was 61.
Former Steamboat Springs resident Arnold L. Miller died at his home on June 20, 2006. He was 56.
Former Routt County resident Richard "Dick" Kennedy died June 20, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs. He was 66.
Thursday, June 29
Denver civil rights attorney David Lane re-filed a complaint Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in Denver that seeks to stop the makeshift federal court proceedings set up for the Rainbow gathering.
Members build kitchens, anticipate arrival of thousands
The "Spongebob" oven at the "Lovin' Oven" Kitchen, hidden deep in the woods of the Rainbow Family area in the Routt National Forest, billows smoke around the clock.
John Adams, chairman of the Colorado Ski Heritage Project Committee, has opened meetings for years with the simple question, "What have we got, and what do we need?"
Officials hope to reduce traffic during Fourth of July weekend
Residents and visitors who plan to attend the city's fireworks show or other Fourth of July holiday events can take advantage of expanded free bus service.
An Old Town Farmers Market is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Routt County Courthouse.
Ditty Bops put the pedal to the metal
While training for a three-month bicycle tour across the country, The Ditty Bops vocalist and guitarist Abby Dewald was hit by a car.
Country singer Linda Davis was at home watching the 1994 Grammy Awards when it was announced that she and Reba McEntire won Best Country Vocal Collaboration.
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2007. To commemorate what is sometimes referred to as the Emerald Anniversary, SSAC is seeking artwork to be considered for a poster that will be the artistic design and branding for the anniversary. The artwork should relate to "emerald" in some way, as in the color emerald or the mountain that looms above the Depot Art Center. Entries are due Sep. 1, 2006. Download the entry guidelines at www.steamboatspringsarts.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Contest guidelines are available at the Depot, 1001 13th St.
The Chicago Blues Reunion passes on a Midwestern musical legacy
Chicago in the 1960s was a place where race-related problems were prevalent and a clear boundary existed between the city's North and South sides.
Studio Gallery 27 explores the New West with upcoming show
As our society changes, art should adapt in a way that honors the past while incorporating the present and the future. It's a simple concept with a complicated creative response.
It was shameless, but I guarded my bid on a silent auction item at the Decedent Desserts fundraiser on Sunday. That mountain bike was destined to be mine. I would need it to lose the eight pounds I gained from eating 26 different decedent desserts.
Friday ¤ Chicago Blues Review When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Howelsen Hill Cost: Free Why you should go: Because it's the first free concert of the summer! Everyone will be there, including you.
Auto Body team wins town slow-pitch softball tournament
A mix of young softball players and slowpitch veterans helped Hayden Auto Body win this year's Craig Parks and Recreation tournament in Craig.
Bad pirate jokes and cheesy comments about "booty" are perfectly acceptable when flying a pirate flag on the back of your flotation device on the Yampa River.
Catching the trout of the century takes more than a line and a lure.
It's tubing season in Steamboat Springs, but if the warm and dry weather persists, it could be over soon.
Since Deb Lenhart and Jeff Miller formed the band In Flight, they have wanted to play on stage in the Steamboat Springs Free Concert Series.
Organizer wants to keep fans on the edge of their seats
For the past 26 years, stock contractor Mack Altizer has been rocking professional rodeo with a powerful blend of foot-pounding music and fast-paced rodeo action.
Ski Town USA is Colorado's top tourist destination this weekend
Steamboat Springs is the top destination for Coloradans this weekend, according to AAA Colorado.
Cowboys' Roundup Days showcases rural Western heritage
Dean Vogelaar wants to turn back the clock. He wants to see cattle drives down Lincoln Avenue, attend pioneer picnics and compete in ranch rodeos.
After seeing Audrey Bortz's photographs at Art on the Mountain, a couple changed the theme they had decided on for decorating their house. They bought three of Bortz's photographs to start the process.
Steamboat court leaders to begin using new electronic system
Local attorneys will begin e-filing paperwork in selected cases July 1 as part of a new 14th Judicial District order designed to modernize the court's filing system.
Three years after Xcel Energy officials started trying to find ways to transport coal from the railroad to the Hayden Station power plant, there still seems to be no ideal solution.
Parcel will include trails, fishing areas, conservation plots
The city of Steamboat Springs has acquired land that officials said is ideal for public fishing, wildlife watching and environmental education.
Wednesday, June 28
The following is the U.S. Forest Service's update for noon, June 29, 2006
The Rainbow gathering continues to be an illegal activity because no Special Use Permit has been issued.
I'm a big Kelly Stanford fan -- have been from the moment I met her on Thanksgiving Day in 1990.
Denver civil rights attorney David Lane re-filed a complaint Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver that seeks to stop the makeshift federal court proceedings set up for the Rainbow Gathering.
Council vote means Howelsen Place has cleared planning process
The Harbor Hotel will be torn down and replaced with a commercial and residential project, the Steamboat Springs City Council has ruled.
It took three games, but the Steamboat Springs Rugby Club appears to have found its form.
Adult slow-pitch softball tournament in its 22nd year
The relationship between Steamboat Springs and Triple Crown Sports began 22 years ago with the annual Fourth of July slow-pitch softball tournament.
Gov. Owens calls for special session on immigration
Colorado lawmakers have been called back to work.
Forest Service says officers were hurt in Monday confrontation
The U.S. Forest Service estimates almost 5,000 people are in the Routt National Forest for the annual Rainbow gathering, which starts Saturday.
Fireworks fans, have no fear -- yet. The city of Steamboat Springs' annual fireworks display is still a go.
Fourth of July parade entry forms are available for any person or group interested in entering a float in this year's parade. The theme of the parade is "Honoring our Hometown Heritage." For an entry form, stop by the Steamboat Springs Visitors Center or visit www.steamboatchamber.com. There is a $50 entry fee for all for-profit businesses and political candidates. All other entries are free. Call Evan at 879-0882, ext. 208, for more information.
12:48 a.m. Someone reported a suspicious van in the 2900 block of Clearwater Trail. Officers checked on the van, and everything was fine.
Steamboat company urges employees to bike to work
Angie Mangiardi doesn't own a bike. She easily could have used that as an excuse not to ride one to work Wednesday, but she didn't.
Tuesday, June 27
The Rainbow gathering is still a few days away, but already the event has dominated headlines for weeks.
Regarding Ann Coulter's column "Liberals pray for burning of 'Godless.'" What a violent, illogical, hysteria-ridden toxic spew.
A jury found a Craig man guilty of vehicular assault Friday evening at the conclusion of a two-day trial.
Council reaffirms Stock Bridge choice
Building the new community center at the Stock Bridge site is a sure thing -- again.
Most people seem to agree that trucking coal to the Hayden Station is not ideal. Trucking coal to the power plant wears out Routt County roads, can create traffic hazards and has the potential to become more expensive as fuel prices rise and coal supplies move farther away, Xcel Energy officials say.
If you want to cook hot dogs over a campfire this holiday weekend, you'll need a designated campsite with a provided and approved fire grate.
A busy holiday weekend combined with a favorite local trail has convinced Steamboat Springs Running Series director John Chapman he has the recipe for race success.
1:39 a.m. Someone reported fireworks near Whistler Road and Creekbank Court. Officers found the residents who were shooting the fireworks and ticketed them.
Two-time Olympic ski jumper weighs options, picks college
It's hard to tell what the next four years will bring for Steamboat Springs' Tommy Schwall, but they certainly won't lead to Vancouver in 2010.
Steve Ivers, a husband, father and Craig youth sports coach, recently was diagnosed with cancer. His friends have set up a donation account to help offset the costs of treatment. Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at Moffat County National Bank, 435 Mack Lane, Craig, CO 81625.
On the front page of the Sunday Pilot & Today on June 11, 2006, in the article "Ranch Denies Abuse," the headline states, "Chilean immigrants allege mistreatment."
This letter is to express the heart-felt wonder and gratitude of the Chuck Broadbent and Mike Teters families to the wonderful people of South Routt.
I am a Rainbow Family member not yet in Colorado. I have been attending Rainbow Gatherings since 1975, after I got out of the Army. I just wanted to comment on the folks that are supposedly paying for groceries with electronic cards.
Monday, June 26
Rising Steamboat Springs tennis star Jamey Swiggart won the Colorado State Junior Tennis Open last weekend at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
When Paul Rose raced in last year's Steamboat Springs Triathlon, he was a rookie with zero expectations. "I think it was more of just giving it a shot," Rose said. "I was on the swim team, so that helped. I do dry-land (training) for cross-country (skiing), so that helped. I actually got a road bike last year before the event, so I started road biking a month before. I had so much fun."
Fourth of July parade entry forms are available for any person or group interested in entering a float in this year's parade. The theme of the parade is "Honoring our Hometown Heritage." For a parade entry form, stop by the Steamboat Springs Visitors Center or visit www.steamboatchamber.com. Call Evan at 879-0882, ext. 208.
12:04 a.m. Police received a report of a driver who drove onto a median on U.S. Highway 40. Police located the vehicle, and the 24-year-old driver from Craig was arrested for driving under the influence.
Two men were arrested in Hayden on Sunday after police said one of the men fired nine gunshots into the air by a downtown convenience store.
Buffalo Creek race part of USAT
Maybe it was the remote site or the fact that Penn Lukens got to bring out his mountain bike, but the 11-year-old enjoyed his first off-road triathlon.
A Steamboat Springs man whose pickup was struck by a train Friday as he tried to traverse a railroad crossing in his pickup is doing well, a family friend said Tuesday.
$200,000 grant falls through, jeopardizing $800,000 phase
Hayden officials received some discouraging news last week. The town was not awarded a $200,000 grant to help fund major improvements to Dry Creek Park.
Kevin Ellis is convinced that Kenmore has come up with a new way to cook the perfect beefsteak -- the kind that's seared on the outside to seal the juices inside.
Mark Steur almost died of kidney cancer in 1994. When his doctor told him the cancer's cause was environmental, he thought of his career in construction.
These five simple tips can make your home-improvement process easier.
Selecting a fireplace is all about personal choice.
Variety isn't a word that usually comes to mind when you're talking about fences.
The intense sun of our mountains seems to fade the color in our gardens as summer moves toward fall. With just a little planning, however, local gardeners can enjoy vibrant late summer/autumn color right up through first frost.
It is possible for a homeowner to be energy efficient, save money and be conscientious of the environment at the same time by taking a few small steps to be energy smart.
Most gardeners love to have visitors browse through their garden.
Today's countertop options include several materials as well as thousands of styles and colors.
Concrete is a composite building material made from the combination of aggregate and cement binder.
Gardeners in Routt County face adversity in the form of climate. A short growing season with cold nights common and July frosts that are not unheard of are factors beyond the control of gardeners.
Hardwood floors are popular in the kitchen and dining areas, but carpeting remains the consensus pick for the bedroom.
In order to enjoy a garden filled with colorful, graceful butterflies, you must be willing to put up with caterpillars, too. If that works for you, here are some ways to lure these lovely insects to your landscape.
The quickest way to elevate the look of a master bath is to stop thinking of the vanity as a built-in cabinet that does little more than support drawers and a pair of porcelain sinks.
Full basements are increasingly rare in new Steamboat homes --the increasing cost of concrete is part of the trend. But for those who have them, they make strong candidates for home theaters.
Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) is probably the tree most coveted by homeowners in the Steamboat area. Aspens are fast-growing but relatively short-lived (20 years) trees attaining heights up to 50 feet.
Guide serves dual purpose: Helping anglers, young entreprenuer
Molly Parsons, president of Streamside Publications LLC, has to keep a close watch on her staff -- they don't leave the office to go fishing as often as she would like.
Council to revote on Stock Bridge site
The Steamboat Springs City Council tonight may renege on its earlier decision to build a community center at the Stock Bridge Transit Center area.
Enthusiasm, passion, selflessness, commitment and camaraderie were just some of the words used to describe the lives of Tim Benway, Dave Linner and Jenny Wells.
Before last weekend, Steamï¿½--boat Springs had never produced a youth baseball team that won a Triple Crown tournament title. Maybe that's because the 12 members of the Steamboat Sailors 9-and-under team had never played together in a Triple Crown event.
Conditions call for bans on certain fires, officials say
Campers be warned: Routt County officials may approve a ban on open fires.
U.S. Forest Service officials say door for permit 'may have closed'
The Rainbow Family of Living Light may no longer be able to get a special-use permit for its gathering on Routt National Forest land in North Routt County.
Sunday, June 25
Would you like to improve your latest 5K run time without doing an extra session of track workout? Do you want to cruise up Emerald on your mountain bike with power in your pedals? If so, consider core training.
Campers set up medical tents and communal kitchens
The farther in you go, the nicer it gets. At the annual gathering of the Rainbow Family of Living Light, taking place this year near Big Red Park, 35 miles north of Steamboat, there is a lot more going on than the occasional road block and disputes with U.S. Forest Service officials.
U.S. Forest Service officials don't believe that a "non-organization of non-members" has the professional capacity to handle natural disasters and care for starving masses, as the group members claim.
Saturday, June 24
Cross Mountain Canyon trip a true adventure for rafters
In Western Moffat County, the Yampa River unexpectedly cuts through Northwest Colorado's version of the Grand Canyon -- a dramatic setting few people would think exists in the midst of such a desolate stretch of land.
7 a.m. A 66-year-old Steamboat Springs man was flown to a Fort Collins hospital after a train reportedly hit his 1996 Chevrolet pickup at a railroad crossing near U.S. Highway 40 and Saddle Mountain Ranch west of Steamboat Springs. Colorado State Patrol troopers said the man was inching his pickup onto the tracks to look for the oncoming train when the train struck the vehicle's left side and pushed it down an embankment, causing the truck to roll. The man sustained injuries to his head, ribs and shoulder. The man was in serious but stable condition Saturday morning, police said.
Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Gilbert L. "Gil" Hitchens died June 12, 2006. He was 89.
Longtime Yampa resident Paul Duane "P.D." Edwards died June 13, 2006, at his home on Terhune Avenue in Yampa. He was 68.
Longmont resident Dr. T. Doug Leonardson, DDS, died June 12, 2006, from injuries sustained in a single-engine plane crash near Kansas City, Mo. He was 35. He had a business and many clients in Steamboat Springs
Longtime Steamboat Springs and Craig resident Mario Cruz Vigil died March 26, 2006, in Colorado. He was 60.
U.S. Forest Service officials say because of high fire danger there may be no suitable site in the 1.2-million acre Routt National Forest for the Rainbow Family of Living Light's annual gathering.
Oak Creek's Decker Park was full of smiling faces, wet children and the sweet smells of a summer barbecue.
A 66-year-old Steamboat Springs man was in serious but stable condition Saturday after the pickup he was driving was struck by a train at a railroad crossing Friday morning.
Businesses assess local smoking ban on eve of state law
Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of Steamboat Springs' controversial municipal smoking ban, but local businesses that once catered to the smoker's dollar have no reason to celebrate.
Memorial to celebrate YVMC employees' lives
A year and a half after their deaths on a snow-swept Wyoming field, Tim Benway, Jennifer Wells and Dave Linner will be memorialized by a sculpture and flower garden at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Couple combines skateboarding with life lessons
Tara Chavarria's toes are painted metallic blue. Her short blonde bob is tipped an electrifying pink. She has five tattoos, dresses mostly in black and is looking to revolutionize how Steamboat Springs youths view their relationship with God.
Note to Forest Service law enforcement officials: If you really feel that strongly about the Rainbow gatherers having a "free" permit prior to their official permit dates, then maybe you could escort old Grampa Rainbow himself back to your offices to fill out the necessary paperwork.
Held hostage by the Rainbow gang. Why the double standard?
I'm sure you have heard all sorts of opinions regarding the Rainbow Gathering, but I thought I'd offer mine from Vail in defense of the Forest Service, who deserve all the respect in the world.
It saddens me greatly to see the people of this valley that I love so much being so hateful to and paranoid of the Rainbow Family.
Free five-day program for middle-schoolers includes fundamentals training
Ice arena gets new surface
The Howelsen Ice Arena has undergone a face-lift. Well, it's more like an ice lift.
We were shocked to read in Scott Stanford's story on June 19 ("Clark Store tries to get ready") that the preferred method of payment used by participants in the Rainbow Gathering is Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, "which allow the transfer of government benefits such as food stamps to pay for items."
U.S. Freestyle Ski Team trains on water ramps
Through a gate, down a dirt path and behind a pile of gravel and grass, the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team was training.
Public land near Steamboat Springs is the location of this year's annual gathering of the Rainbow Family from July 1-7 (www.welcomehome.org). This a very long-lived annual event that moves around. I have been to the gathering twice and have never forgotten the wonderful experience in living by simple mutual cooperation.
Holy cow, I don't know where to start.
The ongoing stories about the Rainbow Gathering are making me sad.
County and city officials are to be congratulated for completing the re-write of the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan.
Oak Creek Methodist group fears doors might close
Ed Hayne doesn't like to think about what will happen to his church if it has to close its doors. Instead, he and a small group of the church's congregation are focused on doing everything they can to ensure that doesn't happen.
Volunteers can work with youths to help finish Stagecoach loop
Residents and visitors in Northwest Colorado can hike more than 350 miles of trails in Routt County. On Tuesday, they'll have a chance to improve a few of those miles.
Adam Jacob Singer, son of Hillary and Scott Singer of Steamboat Springs, was born at 4:34 p.m. June 19, 2006. He weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. His siblings are Michael, Matthew, David and Danielle.
Larhae Christine Whaley, daughter of Jay Dee Whaley and Shiloh Larynn of Yampa, was born at 12:10 p.m. June 12, 2006. She weighed 5 pounds and 7 ounces and was 18 inches long. Her sibling is Jaelyn Rhae. Her grandparents are Doug and Kelly Gates of Yampa, and Charlotte and Lynn Whaley of Phippsburg.
Cheyenne Elizabeth Williams, daughter of Charley and Lynn Williams of Steamboat Springs, was born at 7:26 p.m. June 16, 2006. She weighed 4 pounds and 15 ounces and was 17 inches long. Her grandparents are Barbara Williams of Steamboat Springs, Al Callahan of Steamboat Springs, and John and Mary Ellen Oslick of Aurora.
Christopher Scott Rayburn, son of Cara and Ryan Rayburn of Craig, was born at 5:16 p.m. June 15, 2006. He weighed 8 pounds and 4 ounces and was 21 inches long. His sibling is Angel. His grandparents are Chris and Vicki Rayburn of Craig, John and Kim Pedroncelli of Craig, Ellen Rivers of Craig, and Dale Hettinger of South Range, Wis.
Two of my favorite constellations of late summer are two of the smallest in the whole sky. They aren't big and showy star patterns with lots of bright stars like Orion or the Big Dipper. Instead, they are small, compact and easy to spot only because of their charming, distinctive shapes. They are Delphinus the Dolphin and Sagitta the Arrow.
Ski Town USA Golf Classic
Golfer Jeff Bergstrom's most memorable year at the Ski Town USA Golf Classic was like a scene from the movie "Caddyshack."
Carl home paired with 1898 log barn
The 107-year-old Smith Barn and the 1912 farmhouse from the old McDermott place have seen a lot of Routt County history, but from different vantage points. Now, they can be purchased as a package.
Auction buyers have a chance Tuesday to acquire a notable mountain home with a 26-foot floor to ceiling wood-burning fireplace, a massive kitchen and a documented place in the history of skiing in Routt County.
COOPER, GEORGE R. TO MERLINA, DAVID L. JR. AND MERLINA, CAROLYN S. FOR PINES AT THE ORE HOUSE PLAZA, BLDG. NO. 1 Unit: 103 -- $247,000
Growing firm brings fresh look to classic ski town architecture
Sometimes, it is necessary to pat yourself on the back.
Friday, June 23
1:42 a.m. A woman in the 1900 block of Cornice Drive was concerned about her husband because he had not returned from a trip with a friend. Officers contacted the man and discovered that he had passed out at his friend's house after a night of drinking. Officers woke the man and told him to call his wife.
Residents worry about Rainbow Family effects on community
Area law enforcement officers on Friday tried to calm residents concerned about the Rainbow Gathering 30 miles north of Steamboat Springs.
For Routt County rodeo fans such as Ren Martyn, Friday night marked the beginning of summer with the opening night of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series.
Daily activities include hiking, biking, dining
Gone are the days when the Steamboat Ski Area was about skiing and skiing only.
Officers and Rainbow defendants square off at federal hearings
Routt County resident Tina Harding had not been pulled over in six years. That is until Thursday afternoon, when she and her 3-year-old daughter were stopped by U.S. Forest Service officers while delivering food donations to Rainbow Family of Living Light gatherers.
Museum's new exhibit shows how Steamboat used to shop
Curator Kelly Bastone's favorite piece in the Tread of Pioneers Museum's new exhibit is a Selch Diary container circa 1950.
Four men jailed on possession, obstruction charges
Four members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light were arrested Thursday night on suspicion of possessing psilocybin mushrooms and obstructing police officers.
When not responding to emergency calls, Steamboat Springs firefighters have spent the past three days focusing on their own safety and reviewing the department's safety procedures.
An unidentified man was injured Friday when he was hit by a train near U.S. Highway 40 and the Connell gravel pits west of Steamboat Springs. It was unclear whether the man was in a vehicle or on foot at the time of the accident.
Thursday, June 22
Police report on assault of students submitted to court
Teens were threatened and told to keep quiet about a March 11 incident in which juveniles were branded with a heated coat hanger, according to a Hayden police report.
Tonight ¤ Huge in Germany, '80s hair tribute band When: 10 p.m. Where: Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill
There's only one thing more exhausting than hiking up the Fish Creek Falls trail the morning after a long night -- hiking up Fish Creek Falls with the houseï¿½--guests you've been entertaining all weekend.
Vasyl Popadiuk brings gypsy world fusion music to the tent
Ukrainian violinist Vasyl Popadiuk starts every morning with two double espressos. But that's only one reason he plays his violin at lightning speed.
¤ Steve Boynton When: 2 to 5 p.m. Where: Poolside at The Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free to hotel guests Call: 871-5500
Hillstomp brings homemade dreams to Steamboat
John Johnson and Henry Kammerer of the band Hillstomp are not morning people.
Local chefs showcase their talent for Advocates benefit
After 20 years of stiff competition, this year's Decadent Dessert fundraiser poses a tough challenge for local chefs hoping to win the People's Choice and Presentation awards.
Oak Creek officials deal with code violations
Oak Creek Town Board members say they want to get serious about enforcing land-use and town codes and about citing residents who don't comply.
Oak Creek hosts ninth annual event Saturday
Food, fun and live entertainment are on the agenda for Saturday's ninth annual Taste of South Routt in Oak Creek.
Commission tables decision about Wildhorse complex
Wildhorse is not yet ready to run, city officials said Thursday night.
Brodie, Baden win individual divisions in Glenwood meet
Amy Brodie earned her high points award. The 12-year-old Steamboat Springs Swim Team member competed in the maximum eight events en route to scoring 93 points in Glenwood Springs last weekend.
Local qualifies for U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship
Former Steamboat Springs High School golfer Jeff Franks will play in the esteemed U.S. Amateur Public Links Champï¿½--ionship in July.
Steamboat native named Alpine coach at DU
Andy LeRoy will celebrate his 31st birthday Saturday in fitting fashion -- coaching what he's calling a "farewell camp" for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Alpine Ability Program in Mammoth, Calif.
Faculty members create show, perform it in 24-hour period
On Tuesday, the faculty at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp did not know what their program would include for Saturday's "One Night Only" performance.
Rainbow gathering not likely to hurt lodging numbers
Tourism in Steamboat is expected to rebound sharply this weekend after a somewhat sluggish start to the summer season.
¤ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is seeking new members to serve on its Visual Arts Committee.
Four members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light were arrested Thursday night on suspicion of possessing psilocybin mushrooms and obstructing police officers.
Artist heats up kiln to expose talent
While working on a commissioned piece of stained glass, Robin Clow found a love letter from her client to his wife that was written after the birth of their first child.
Preparation and forethought are critical for gardening success.
Man accepts plea deal, won't serve additional jail time
Drug distribution charges were dismissed Wednesday against a Steamboat Springs man accused of selling cocaine near Soda Creek Elementary School last June.
I went to the modern dance performance that was part of the New Works Festival at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp on Saturday night. Only at Perry-Mansfield do you walk past horse corrals to see world-renowned choreographers and dancers perform.
Wednesday, June 21
Michael Sisk has been competing in rodeos since he was in high school and has been competing in the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series for 15 years.
Area law enforcement officers on Friday tried to calm residents concerned about the Rainbow Gathering 30 miles north of Steamboat Springs.
To help understand what modern day rodeos are all about, here are some terms and phrases commonly used during the competition that might help spectators understand the sport a little more
The companies providing bucking bulls and other livestock will rotate this year, renewing the action for both contestants and spectators every couple of weeks.
Cowboys have earned a reputation for living life on the edge.
Veterinarians help animals and owners
The only rodeo Dr. Jeanne Fitzsimmons attended as a youngster growing up on Long Island was in Madison Square Garden.
When Pat Mantle worked as a pickup man in the rodeo arena in Steamboat Springs, some rodeo fans were more intent on watching Mantle work than the cowboys riding broncs in the arena.
Steamboat is known as the cradle of ski competition West of the Mississippi, but cowboys and cowgirls have been trying to best each other in rodeo events here longer than ski jumpers have been gliding off Howelsen Hill.
While clowns may not be the only reason fans flock to the rodeo, they certainly are crucial ingredients in a memorable rodeo experience.
A piece of the Wild West lives on in Northwest Colorado.
The 2006 Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series features five specialty acts this year -- Blake Goode, Jerry Wayne Olson, Wild Thang, John Harrison and Mexican cowboy Jerry Diaz.
Following is a guide to the rodeo events that are held during the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series
Today, Forest Supervisor Mary Peterson denied an application from an individual for a permit to allow the Rainbow Family to gather on National Forest Land in North Routt County.
Town Challenge popular among Steamboat's children
Isabelle Boniface is on the accelerated cycling program.
During the winter, the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena welcomed NCAA Championship skiers, past and present Olympians and an award-winning band.
Hayden School Board discusses students young and old
The Hayden School Board discussed the district's youngest students and oldest students at a meeting Wednesday night.
Much to their surprise, the monthly utility bills of three Oak Creek residents skyrocketed from the typical $150 to nearly $700 in February.
11:11 a.m. U.S. Forest Service officers were involved in an incident with a group of about 100 Rainbow Family members on U.S. Forest Service Road 550. Officers said the group members began throwing rocks and sticks at them. The officers eventually left the scene because they didn't want to escalate the situation.
Officers said charges are pending against a 21-year-old woman who was driving a motorcycle that crashed into a car Saturday near Routt County Road 129 south of the Mad Creek trailhead.
Group riding in memory of former ski lift operator
On the fourth day, the six bicyclists rested. Riding a bicycle from Vernal, Utah, to Georgetown takes endurance and determination, but it is a trip Cody Smith started planning when he was 6 years old.
Members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light say they are being unfairly targeted by law enforcement officers monitoring their campsite in Big Red Park in North Routt County.
My fascination and interest in newspapers began with the sports page. It wasn't the stories or the photos that attracted me -- it was the scores, standings and statistics. It was the numbers.
Tuesday, June 20
Yampatike program focuses on safety in the woods
Families in Steamboat Springs, as well as visitors, have two upcoming opportunities to guard against one of their children becoming lost in the woods.
Forest Service abandons checkpoint after incident with Rainbow group
The Rainbow Family peace gathering turned hostile Tuesday when a group of attendees began hurling rocks and sticks at law enforcement officers, U.S. Forest Service officials said.
Phone and Internet service in parts of Northwest Colorado went out Tuesday evening after a fiber optic cable was reportedly cut.
Today's race will follow new path
Mountain bikers can pump their pedals today on a trail new to the Town Challenge racing series.
The Hayden School Board will review several policies and take another look at the planned budget for the 2006-07 school year when its members meet tonight.
Another company has answered the calls of Hayden residents looking for more options for accessing the World Wide Web.
A 19-year-old New Jersey man who plead guilty to growing marijuana and stealing ski equiptment was sentenced in Routt County District Court on Tuesday.
The Steamboat Springs Police Department will conduct sobriety checks Friday evening.
Jade Summit charged with selling alcohol to 18-year-old
One of six businesses failed a Steamboat Springs police alcohol compliance check Friday night.
We applaud the Hayden School District's decision to add all-day kindergarten. We hope the Steamboat Springs School District can follow suit.
The School Board approved 2006-07 salaries for district administrators Monday night. Below is a list of the salaries, including (in parenthesis) the "market mean," or average, salary for the same position in 10 Colorado school districts considered comparable to Steamboat Springs.
Positive responses indicate voters could approve tax increases
Results of a recent survey directed by the Steamboat Springs School District could be another step toward placing at least one tax increase proposal on the November ballot.
Most administrators in the Steamboat Springs School District will earn salaries next year that are below the market average, according to a survey done by an independent research firm.
Monday, June 19
Kindergarten will be an all-day affair in Hayden beginning this fall. The district received word earlier this month that it will receive funding to expand kindergarten classes from half to full days thanks to additional money made available from the state's Colorado Preschool Kindergarten Program.
Group raises affordable-housing requirement to 20 percent
More than a year after Routt County and Steamboat Springs started working on revising the West of Steamboat Springs Area Plan, it has been adopted. It passed with many minor and a few major changes during the 4 1/2-hour meeting Monday night involving 19 elected and appointed Routt County and Steamboat Springs officials.
Competitions, parade pack students' schedules
Even though it's summertime, Soroco High School student Kimberly Rossi is not necessarily on vacation. Kimberly, 15, is one of about 20 students participating in the South Routt chapter of the National FFA Organization, which develops leadership and entrepreneurial skills in high school students through agricultural education. Several FFA events are keeping South Routt students busy this summer. So much so that Kimberly's father wondered Monday when his daughter might get some time to relax.
3-2 vote approves administrator salaries, charter school funds
The Steamboat Springs School Board split votes on two issues Monday night.
Over the Hill Gang planning weekly activities Steamboat's Over the Hill Gang will meet for activities weekly throughout the summer. Activities will include hiking on Mondays, mountain biking and gardening on Tuesdays, mountain biking on paved surfaces on Wednesdays, mountain biking on Thursdays and road biking on Fridays. Meeting times and locations will change each week. For more information, call Frank Dolman at 870-8793 or visit www.yampavalleyinfo.com.
Sunday, June 18 2:21 a.m. A man reported a drunken man loitering at a business in the 100 block of Trafalgar Drive. Police contacted the man who was waiting for a ride.
David Taylor was sewing his own Halloween costumes by age 10.
Five days in jail, probation part of deal in branding case
An 18-year-old man has pleaded guilty to being involved in the branding of several Hayden juveniles with a heated coat hanger.
Officers issue citations to Rainbow Family; fire a threat
Gigi, the self-appointed Rainbow Family of Living Light gatekeeper, could do nothing Monday to stop the convoy of U.S. Forest Service law enforcement sport utility vehicles from rolling down Forest Service Road 505 to enter the Rainbow gathering's main camping area.
Local team wins horse management and overall team awards
The Yampa Valley Pony Club cleaned up last weekend at the U.S. Pony Club Rocky Mountain Region Tetrathlon Rally competition in Parker, winning the Regional Overall Team award and the Horse Management Overall Team award. The Pony Club is an international junior equestrian organization that teaches English riding and horse care disciplines.
Sunday, June 18
Tour offers one-time chance to see dam before completion
Moffat and Routt County residents wondering why $30 million is being spent to enlarge the Elkhead Reservoir Dam will have their chance from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. The Colorado River District plans to host an open house for the public to view the construction work that will raise the dam straddling the Routt and Moffat County border by 25 feet and will almost double the reservoir's water storage.
Rainbow map singles out store as last chance for supplies
Rod Weed was one of the first people Susan Saari called. Weed owns the Likely General Store in Likely, Calif. Saari manages the Clark Store, 25 miles north of Steamboat Springs. Weed's store was the closest place for supplies for the 1984 and 2004 Rainbow Gatherings. Saari's store will be the closest supply outlet for the 2006 gathering July 1 to 7 in North Routt County.
Yampa Valley Medical Center and hospitals across the country are protecting infants from the potentially fatal Hepatitis B virus. Newborn babies at YVMC now receive the "birth dose" of Hepatitis B vaccine.
The Steamboat Springs School Board will review the results of a recent survey tonight. The survey includes interviews with 303 Steamboat Springs voters, conducted by Hill Research Consultants June 4 through June 6. Along with questions about the performance of local schools, the interviews gauged possible voter response to a $600,000 mill levy override, or property tax increase, which the district could place on local ballots in November.
Fathers' Day brings snow-butt sliding at Long Lake near Fish Creek Falls
This was supposed to be the weekend when we went cross-country skiing on Father's Day for only the second time in 10 years. Instead, I settled for June snow-butt sliding at Long Lake on the day before Father's Day. We made some nice turns even though we left our skis at home.
Saturday, June 17
A $51 roundtrip plane ticket from Los Angeles to Fiji was too good to be true.
Ski area executives discuss what drove industry rebound
There were a lot of smiling faces at this week's Colorado Ski Country USA annual conference held at the Steamboat Springs Grand Resort Hotel.
Winner cuts no corners for third series win
During Saturday's Hot Springs Short Cut Run, local racers who knew the lay of the land seemed to have the upper hand at the start line in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Attorney wins in election
It appears many of the Yampa Valley Electric Association's Steamboat Springs members think the future of the electric company will be brighter with new representation.
Mustang Roundup packed with classic cars, memories
James Mckenzie wasn't very excited when he took ownership of his first Ford Mustang four years ago. "I'm not a Mustang guy. I acquired it by default. I had an old pickup truck that my son-in-law said he would take if I took his Mustang, so I did," he said.
Larry Oman retires from United Methodist Church after 10 years
It was an Easter Sunday sunrise service at the top of Thunderhead, and the sun came up over Mount Werner, shining light on the faces of churchgoers who were singing an Easter hymn.
Officials from past Rainbow gathering sites offer advice
Officials from the counties that hosted the past two Rainbow Gatherings paint a rather messy picture of what's in store for Routt County. Heavy traffic, panhandling, loitering, drugs, assaults, abandoned cars, garbage, emergency room visits by mostly indigent persons and, even, the use of grocery store produce misters for personal hygiene.
Soroco Middle School student takes on big tobacco to protect young adults
Corey Snyder is taking on one of the biggest challenges of her life: fighting the big tobacco companies who she said prey on teenagers.
JAIL REPORT The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.
Longtime Oak Creek resident Julia Trout passed away June 9, 2006, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 63.
The Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association was right to pull the plug on its expansion plans for the Old Town Hot Springs. It didn't make sense to move forward given the negative feedback from the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission, the City Council and some of the association's members.
Judging by the editorial page of last Sunday's Pilot & Today, the debate over the use of the Stock Bridge Transit Center for a new community center is not over. Nor should it be.
I am writing in response to your overly optimistic article dated June 11 about the upcoming Rainbow gathering that will be held in North Routt from July 1 to 7.
Once again, your paper has fabricated and selectively represented a minute issue in an attempt to exploit and create division in Oak Creek.
How did we get where we are with the community center? As a new City Council member, this is the question that most intrigues me.
Entry-level condos gain $90,000 in three years of construction
Audrey Bortz and her husband, Clyde Nelson, signed up to purchase a condominium at Sunray Meadows on May 1, 2003. They expected it would be a good investment.
Interest in the vacant commercial spaces fronting U.S. Highway 40 at Loggers Lane suddenly has picked up.
Frisbee golf enthusiasts enjoy rugged mountain courses
When the band members of Chicago's 56 Hope Road hit the highway to spread their funky acoustic sounds across the country, they make an effort to find a disc golf course wherever they go.
When you know a loved one's life is nearing its end, you tend to make the most of the time that's left.
Steamboat Village Brokers is proud to announce that Joan Hart has been awarded the prestigious Certified Resiï¿½--dential Specialist Desigï¿½--nation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest nonprofit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.
Now that the full moon is out of the sky, the dark summer sky reveals one of its most spectacular treasures -- the soft, misty glow of the Via Lactea, or the Milky Way. Contrary to what the ancient Romans believed, the Milky Way is not made of milk. It is the combined light of billions of distant suns, unresolved by the unaided eye. If you look through a pair of binoculars and sweep slowly across the Milky Way, you will rediscover what Galileo found in 1610 -- a multitude of faint stars. The situation is similar to flying over a sandy beach and seeing the white sand stretch for miles, yet you cannot see the individual sand grains that make up the beach.
The Steamboat Springs Rugby Football Club has come a long way in its 32 years.
Friday, June 16
As many as 20,000 Rainbow Family members begin exodus to forest
Jacob, Dusty, Josh and Dana have spent the past two days hitchhiking from Portland, Ore. They hopped into the back of pickup along U.S. Highway 40 Friday evening for the last stretch of their journey. Their destination is a campground just north of Hahn's Peak in North Routt County, where 15,000 to 20,000 people are expected to gather in the coming weeks for this year's Rainbow Family of Living Light gathering.
No-show spring sparks fire danger
A common theme emerges while traveling through Northwest Colorado: vegetation is suffering from weather that has gotten hot, fast.
Steamboat Springs was a fitting setting for the 43rd annual Colorado Ski Country USA meeting and forum. During Thursday's awards ceremony, three Steamboat residents won awards recognizing them as the state's top performers in their respective positions within the ski industry.
Event raises nearly $40,000
It was a scramble to the finish Wednesday at the 31st annual Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors Scholarship Golf Classic.
John Stansfield has been told by audience members that he reminds them of their grandfathers. In Stansfield's case, it's a compliment.
Officials offer ways to avoid deadly mosquito virus
Health officials are urging Routt County residents to protect themselves against the deadly West Nile virus by being cautious when outside and ridding the area of mosquito breeding grounds.
CU president leading reforms at troubled university
For about the past year, University of Colorado President Hank Brown probably has felt like he's been at a bad cocktail party -- he keeps having the same conversations over and over.
Fourth school officials leave in 3 months
The shake-ups continue in the administrative office of the Steamboat Springs School District. Grants writer Sue Gariepy, hired in summer 2005, announced her resignation this week. She is the fourth administrator to leave the district in three months. Technology director Cathleen Nardi and nutritional services director Darcy Trask resigned in March, shortly before director of curriculum and instruction Ann Sims withdrew her name from consideration for contract renewal, effectively resigning from the position.
Thursday, June 15
Westland mobile-home owners to receive average of $19,400
Westland Mobile Home Park residents breathed a sigh of relief Thursday night after the Steamboat Springs City Council decided to award the group members $550,000 for the loss of their homes.
Arthur Lee Land brings his one-man band to town
You have to see it to believe it. Arthur Lee Land is a one-man band, and he can simultaneously produce the sounds of West African percussion, acoustic and electric guitars, guitar synth, talk box and vocals.
Friday ¤ Steve Boynton When: 2 to 5 p.m. Where: Poolside at The Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free to hotel guests Call: 871-5500
Buzzcut Sheep Where: Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 628 Lincoln Ave. Cost: Free Why you should go: Because you miss seeing this local band, and who knows when they will be able to have another reunion?
If I close my eyes when I listen to classical music, I always picture myself in some fabulous gown in the middle of a great empty ballroom, dancing. When I opened my eyes Sunday night, I was at Harwigs/L'Apogee.
Composer and lyricist Joe Patrick Ward has been working on his "Fools for Broadway" musical for 11 years. He already has written 80 songs for it.
Listening to books on tape was the only thing that kept Chris Daniels sane while touring Europe in a bus with 10 other guys.
No summer is complete without a farmers market.
Young local golfer places in Haywhacker tourney
Hank Franks has helped transform the Haymaker Golf Course into a statewide destination for the sport's brightest young talent.
Officials bracing for impact of group's gathering on Steamboat
Members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light already have arrived in Routt County, and Steamboat Springs officials have begun ramping up for the tens of thousands still to come.
A new chapter in Soroco athletics began Thursday night, as the South Routt School Board approved the contract of the man who will replace longtime physical education teacher and coach Gary Heide.
Saddleback Ranch seeks permit for hill with rope tow
Saddleback Ranch owner Wayne Iacovetto said he doesn't have any down time.
Wednesday, June 14
When someone threw a rock through a window of Jace Romick's downtown business in October, he shrugged the vandalism off and called police to report the incident.
Change is one of the exciting parts of this business
I have worked many jobs in the newspaper business.
Artist paints three-dimensional murals in homes
Richard Schultz got all Fs in his high school art class. He never went to art school, and his work experience consisted of management and sales positions and drywall work.
Workers dug up several large, rusty pieces of Steamboat Springs history Wednesday.
Routt County law enforcement officers have recovered more items they think are related to a string of thefts in the county.
With only a couple of tracks of snow remaining on the top of Mount Werner serving as a reminder of last year's epic ski season, it is already time to budget for next season's pass.
Road bikers raising money for MS
Lee Cox has noticed an influx of road cyclists in Northwest Colorado.
2005-06 season brings more than 1 million vacationers
Riding a wave of 431 inches of snow, the Steamboat Ski Area bounced back over the one million-skier threshold during the 2005-06 ski season.
Most people associate National Incident Management teams with natural disasters such as forest fires, not public prayer circles. But when the prayer circle includes an estimated 15,000 to 25,000 people in the Routt National Forest, the impact on the forest becomes a concern.
Final round of Haywhacker Championship today
It was social hour at the Hole 11 tee box.
Tuesday, June 13
The Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association's board president announced Tuesday that the association is withdrawing its plans to build an indoor pool.
A payment-in-lieu option for developers is a smart element to incorporate into the city's inclusionary zoning ordinance for affordable housing.
Million-dollar lots would contribute $15,000 to help elk herd
An elk herd with its own trust fund? What's next? The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to approve a subdivision that could create as many as 63 lots worth $1 million or more each. And a local elk herd could realize a windfall as a result.
Young Sailors push through inexperience to win
The Craig and Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball teams are undergoing a youth movement this summer. The growing pains and inconsistencies for both teams were prevalent in the two games they played in the span of seven days.
Council questions Stock Bridge site
Last week, the Steamboat Springs City Council reluctantly affirmed its decision to build a new community center at the Stock Bridge Transit Center. On Tuesday night, the council second-guessed its site choice, voting 4-3 to revisit the decision later this month.
The evidence room at the Steamboat Springs Police Department is full of bicycles, snowboards and electronics.
Either H.D. Craig is a good teacher or Nick Craig is a naturally talented driver.
Even race director Bill Philip has been lured into finding the fastest route in the Hot Springs Short Cut Run.
Journey features golfers from across the state
Haymaker Golf Course's marquee junior golf event tees off this morning.
The Hayden landscape is being reshaped by earthmovers on the south side of town, and new buildings are popping up in other areas.
Not all Oak Creek residents agree with town resolution
Monday, June 12
Republican party calls on candidate to withdraw
The Routt County Republican party issued a resolution Monday calling on Republican Marc Holtzman to withdraw his candidacy for governor, saying Holtzman "makes a mockery" of the political system and "casts discredit upon the very party he seeks to represent in a primary election."
Program to work strength, flexibility and more
Mike McCannon was working out at Howelsen Hill early Monday when a softball team caught his eye.
The Steamboat Springs City Council tonight will discuss how to proceed with a city-owned recreation center. Such a center has been discussed for years. Last fall, the city's parks, open space and recreational services department began holding community meetings to discuss the issue.
Poor running form is attributable to a number of things, but it can be corrected.
Sunday, June 11
What's going on in the art world this summer?
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is pleased to announce their newest affiliate -- The Yampa Valley Boys
Our twenty-fifth annual event will provide a sharp focus within a short time frame. Novices and professionals alike will enjoy experiencing the exciting program in the old train depot's relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Literary Sojourn, Steamboat's celebrated annual festival of readers and authors, is proud to welcome 2006 Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks to this year's intimate gathering on October 14.
Acupuncture has become increasingly popular in the United States, yet many people are unsure about what acupuncture involves and what to expect from a treatment.
Jan Lomas has seen cards, magnets, vases, pottery and leather disappear from her store. Lomas is just one of several downtown business owners who suffered from shoplifting over the winter, said Tracy Barnett of Main Street Steamboat Springs.
Officials say dealing with this should be a community effort
Dealing with mountain pine beetle infestation should be a community effort, officials said Sunday. More than 20 people, mostly homeowners who have beetle infestation on their properties, attended a community meeting Sunday at Steamboat Lake State Park's visitors' center. The meeting focused on what property owners can do to address infestation.
Mountain Cuts men win 24-hour team division
Champions traditionally take champagne showers. But this is Steamboat Springs, an active mountain community, so Jon Freckleton's teammates and friends celebrated their Rio 24 Hours of Steamboat victory in remote Colorado fashion -- with a shower of Coors Light.
Officials debate downtown's future
Jim Cook remembers Christmas in downtown South Bend, Ind. Lights lined the streets, and the smell of warm donuts permeated the air.
A celebration of cultural heritage
The Record for June 12, 2006
When the bright yellow raft stood on end Saturday in the re-circulating wave known as Charlie's Hole, the crowd at the Yampa River Festival cheered in appreciation. But only a relative few recognized the significance of the middle-aged man who stood casually with his left arm wrapped around the bow tube of the crazily tilting raft.
A presentation tonight will give people a chance to learn more about local wilderness areas. Ray Ave, an outdoors writer from Fort Collins, will present a slideshow of photos he took during three summers of hiking in the Mount Zirkel and Rawah wilderness areas.
Police are investigating an apparent robbery that occurred in Ski Time Square early Saturday morning. A 25-year-old Steamboat Springs man was robbed of $90 and suffered minor injuries, but he has no idea what happened, Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said.
Scouts go on flights with Steamboat Springs Airport pilots
A group of young aviators took to the skies over Routt County on Sunday with four local pilots. There were six Boy Scouts from Troop 194 who participated in the International Young Eagles Day at the Steamboat Springs Bob Adams airport.
Alicia Hall, a member of this year's graduating class at Hayden High School, is the Optimist Club of Steamboat Springs' Teen of the Year for 2006.
Hayden school offers heavy-equipment mechanics class
Hayden High School's vocational education program is expanding. The school has entered into a partnership with Wagner Equipment, a Caterpillar dealership on the west side of Hayden. Wagner will provide the instructor, materials and training tools necessary to teach a heavy equipment and diesel engine mechanics course beginning this fall.
A charitable foundation has announced grant allocations that will give $20,000 to six organizations, benefiting low-income, special needs and at-risk youth in Routt County.
In 2007 we will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of the formation of the Arts Council.
Creative Fun for Your Kids' This Summer!
Since 1998 the Arts Council has provided an annual opportunity to visit the studios and artists in Routt County.
Join us for ten days of arts and cultural events both downtown and on the mountain.
In connection with the Beaux Arts and Wine Festival, the Board of Directors of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council will be hosting a fabulous fundraiser, celebrating food, wine, and entertainment.
Celebrate the senses during the third annual Steamboat Wine Festival
Your grandma and grandpa remember when contras, barn dances and cotillions were fun activities everybody enjoyed.
Every Thursday, they sit around the table at Steamboat's old depot.
Perry-Mansfield's New Works Festival Brings Stars of the Stage to Steamboat Springs
Saturday, June 10
COOPER, GEORGE R. TO MERLINA, DAVID L. JR. AND MERLINA, CAROLYN S. FOR PINES AT THE ORE HOUSE PLAZA, BLDG. NO. 1 Unit: 103 --247,000
Forgive the sound of our broken record, but the City Council's site selection for a new community center continues to confound us.
Yampa 12-year-old sees success on junior rodeo circuit
Some little girls collect dolls. Madison George collects belt buckles. At age 12, the Yampa cowgirl has so many belt buckles she can't display them all on her bedroom dresser.
School district plan unrelated to city project at Heritage Park
Patches of dirt and candy wrappers dot Gardner Field. Replacement of the natural grass field at Steamboat Springs High School is moving forward as scheduled, so regular maintenance on the school district's primary athletic field has ceased.
24 Hours of Steamboat mountain bike race wraps up at noon today
Clark Stewart felt guilty. Waiting at Mount Werner's base after completing two laps during the first hours of the Rio 24 Hours of Steamboat was an unusual treat.
Yampa festivities keep history alive
Yampa resident Taelor Kidwell had a hard time believing her town was once a thriving metropolis that supported a bank, hospital and other businesses that have since faded from the town's streets.
Steamboat student heads to soapbox derby nationals
For those who don't think soapbox derby racing can be the edge-of-your-seat, bite-your-nails kind of sport, think again. Saturday's sixth annual Steamboat Springs Rotary Club Soap Box Derby in Oak Creek was intense.
Chilean immigrants allege mistreatment
Owners of a cattle ranch in Northwest Colorado said immigrant workers' allegations that the ranch violated fair labor practices are not true.
Naturalist group gathers for peace
A temporary city -- comprised of tens of thousands of residents who go by one-word names such as Stone and Star -- will be erected next month in Routt National Forest. The Rainbow Family of Living Light has decided to hold its Rainbow Gathering from July 1 to 7 on forestland in Northwest Colorado, most likely in Routt County. An advance group of 150 to 200 people are at the Hinman campground in North Routt County this weekend to determine the best site for what can best be described as the largest gathering of hippies in North America.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS WALTER & CHRISTINA MAGILL 1769 BROME DRIVE OWNER/CONTRACTOR ALTERATION $4,875
'Monopoly houses' struggled in '80s; homes crest $400,000 in 2006
More than 20 years have passed since a Grand Junction savings and loan pulled the tidy Steamboat Point neighborhood out of the weeds -- literally.
Longtime barbershop owners plan to shut down store in the fall
Routt County is in danger of losing a piece of Americana.
Paintball facility owner says business fills recreational void
Don't be alarmed if you hear calls for a medic coming from a warehouse in Copper Ridge Business Park. The shouts most likely will be from groups of paintball players enjoying a game at the new indoor Off the Couch Paintball facility.
Sherrod joins national land trust group Former Routt County rancher Lynne Sherrod has resigned her position as director of the Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust.
Alpine Mountain Ranch seeks final OK
Future residents of the luxury Alpine Mountain Ranch subdivision almost certainly will have elk -- and lots of them --or neighbors.
Friday, June 9
Steamboat Rugby Club captain Michael Hurley chooses his words carefully.
Summer Laws and Riley Polumbus spent a month 6,000 miles from home, but the two Steamboat Springs residents say they didn't feel like tourists during their stay in Brazil.
The Hayden Booster Club has some new wheels to show off.
For anyone planning on purchasing a home, an upcoming course could clear up some confusion that often is part of the home-buying process.
Steamboat Springs ski pioneer Jim Temple, the primary founder of the Steamboat Ski Area, has been named to the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame.
Republican candidate to host barbecue fundraiser
Scott Tipton is happy to be flying solo.
Tourism is expected to be off noticeably Saturday night compared to the same time in June 2005. However, it's still ahead of the corresponding weekend in June 2003 and 2004.
Store owner raises money for children's charity
Children are supposed to smile, laugh and play. They aren't supposed to spend days, weeks or months in hospitals.
Thursday, June 8
The Operation Lifesaver Train and Safety booth will depart from the Depot Art Center at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. today. The 1 1/2 hour train rides will allow passengers to see what an engineer sees from the cab of a locomotive. Train officials will be on hand to answer questions.
Council to review Howelsen Place proposal next
A project that would include the demolition of the Harbor Hotel was approved by a majority of Steamboat Springs Planning Commission members on Thursday.
Today is the last day of school for students in Steamboat Springs -- until fall. But for 11 long-term employees of the Steamboat Springs School District, today is truly the last day.
Opportunities ¤ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is seeking new members to serve on its Visual Arts Committee. The group is an advisory committee composed of artists, educators and business members who have a passion for visual arts. They help plan and execute gallery exhibits and visual arts programs for the arts council. We would like to build a multi-generational committee to best represent the needs of our community. For more information or for an application, e-mail email@example.com or call 879-9008, ext.106.
Clay artists interpret theme in varying ways
Bill Sanders understands that making teapots may not be considered a manly thing to do. But when he heard that the theme for the upcoming Steamboat Clay Artisans' show was "Spouting Off!" he let it stretch his imagination.
Tonight ¤ Steve Boynton When: 5 to 7 p.m. Where: Poolside at Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Cost: Free to hotel guests Call: 871-5500
The Melodians are one of the originals of reggae
When Tony Brevett, lead singer of The Melodians, was 13, he rode on the handlebars of Bob Marley's bicycle.
Tonight ¤ Spouting Off! art show and meet the artists reception When: 5 to 7 p.m. Where: Studio Gallery 27 in Ski Time Square Cost: Free Why you should go: To see all the imaginative ways clay artists interpreted the "Spouting Off!" theme. And you get to meet them.
Strings showcases three up-and-coming bluegrass bands
Scott Kessel, the drummer for the band Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, is a Dumpster diver.
The first and only time I went deep-sea fishing, I caught a huge ocean tally. Sadly watching the life slowly escape him as he flopped around on the deck trumped any feeling of victory I had while reeling him in.
YVMC provides support for people with memory loss
Dealing with a disease that involves the mind can be scary and isolating. One of the most helpful coping mechanisms for Barb Ross, whose father has Alzheimer's disease, has been reaching out to others who are in similar situations.
Dawes honored for service to schools
Education in Steamboat Springs rarely, if ever, had a friend like Margaret "Poogie" Dawes.
Dusty old computers, outdated VCRs and unwanted stereos soon can find new life.
Lichtenfels, O'Connell siblings take high-point honors
Swimming has changed for Emma Lichtenfels.
Developers have big plans for the Steamboat Springs Airport and 168 acres of privately owned land adjacent to it.
A 39-year-old Hayden man died Wednesday night when he was thrown from the vehicle he was driving after losing control of it on a dirt road.
The region's top professionals and best amateurs will join forces Monday for the First National Bank of Steamboat Springs Pro-Am golf tournament.
Young U.S. Nordic team's first jump training at Howelsen
For Steamboat Springs native Davis Miller, it felt good to get the first ski jumps of the training season under his belt.
12:03 a.m. Two mini-motorcycle riders were given a verbal warning for riding their bikes near Ninth and Oak streets.
Oak Creek Town Board's support of drug for medicinal purposes stirring controversy
Maybe Oak Creek residents aren't as supportive of medicinal marijuana as the Oak Creek Town Board is.
Lawrence Covillo, president and general manager of the Yampa Valley Electric Association, said the company's annual meeting is the best way for members to get an update on what the company is doing.
Money aims to spur interest and spending in local businesses
Hayden officials plan to introduce a new form of currency in hopes of encouraging residents to spend money in town.
It happens every year. The weather turns warm in May, and the garden centers entice us with newly arrived plants, which we immediately place in the garden. Then, the nights turn cold, and we experience a frost.
Wednesday, June 7
Town considers another resolution to support amendment limiting federal scope
It's no secret that town of Oak Creek officials support medicinal marijuana.
Alan Lanning, Steamboat Springs' new city manager, will make $120,000 a year in addition to benefits, according to a contract approved Tuesday.
The Harbor Hotel redevelopment project tonight will make what is expected to be its final appearance before the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission. However, the City Council must give final approval for the downtown project before construction can begin.
The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs will serve up a more experienced brand of tennis this weekend during the United States Tennis Association's Interï¿½--mountain Senior Sectional.
Most-wanted terrorist in Iraq killed in pinpoint airstrike
Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most-wanted terrorist in Iraq who waged a bloody campaign of beheadings and suicide bombings, was killed when U.S. warplanes dropped 500-pound bombs on his isolated safehouse, officials said Thursday. His death was a long-sought victory in the war in Iraq.
School's out for summer, and so is our Sunday education page.
Eighty-seven golfers turned out Wednesday for a tournament designed to assist the next generation of community business leaders.
Members of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority's board of directors remain unsure about whether to ask voters to provide a dedicated source of funding for affordable housing in the region.
Mountain bikers climb gondola trail during Town Challenge racing series
Essam Welch joked that he was tired of chasing Barkley Robinson on mountain bike trails.
Free presentation explains, explores alcoholism, drug abuse
From the depths of a dangerous drug or alcohol addiction, Fred Holmquist sees hope.
Tuesday, June 6
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. unveils plans for Sunshine
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. executives made it official Tuesday night -- the old Sunshine triple chairlift is being replaced with a high-speed quad this summer.
Steamboat Springs police took two Steamboat Springs High School freshmen into custody Friday after a school administrator saw the boys detonate a homemade firecracker near the school.
Bolers' largest private donation will be used to fund community center in Hayden
The Visiting Nurse Association has received a $100,00 gift, its largest private donation ever.
End of town's birthday party includes tours, train rides, art show
When Yampa officials began planning the town's centennial a year ago, they knew they'd need more than a big cake.
Friends of the Yampa present events for everyone during celebration's 26th year
For 25 years, Routt County residents have rallied around the lifeblood of the Yampa Valley, taking a weekend to recognize the vital resource that is the Yampa River. This year will be no different.
Former Olympian 'excited' to head team
Martin Bayer has been hired to replace longtime coach Chris Gilbertson as the head of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's ability-level programs for Nordic combined and ski jumping.
Four swimmers win at state Special Olympics
Jaimee Sexton still was proudly wearing her three Olympic medals Monday. The thrill of victory had not ended for the gold-medal winner of the 50-meter freestyle swimming event at last weekend's Special Olympics Colorado 2006 Summer Games.
The summer sports organization Triple Crown is one step closer to seeing another year in Steamboat Springs.
Council affirms decision to build community center at transit area
By vote, the Steamboat Springs City Council stands by the Stock Bridge Transit Center area for the new community center site.
The Steamboat Springs City Council has made the worst planning decision in the history of Steamboat Springs. The City Council has voted to replace a critical transit center with a community center.
It was a relief last week when Steamboat Springs School District teachers and support staff overwhelmingly approved a salary and benefits package for the 2006-07 school year. The package was made official Monday night by a unanimous vote of the School Board.
Routt County youths seem to have quite the eye for cattle, swine and beef.
Board OKs draft agreement with no payments, punitive measures
A lawsuit against the Steamboat Springs School District, filed in September by a local teacher's union, is close to resolution.
Monday, June 5
City could make community center location official
The future site of a new Steamboat Springs community center could be made official tonight.
Todd Wilson was thrilled to see young ski jumpers take flight off the plastic-covered slope of the new K-68 jump at Howelsen Hill last weekend. But he isn't as excited about some things that have happened at the jumps after the sun sets.
Bruchez, Letlow join opposing
It was hard for them to imagine playing against one another; after all, they've been teammates since they were young boys. But Bruchez, who will play football at Colorado School of Mines in the fall, and Letlow, who is headed off to play football at Mesa State College, will be opponents in future years.
Thunderhead Hill Climb next race in Town Challenge
As director of the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge series and one of the organizers for the upcoming Rio 24 Hours of Steamboat mountain bike race, Gretchen Sehler carefully watches the course conditions on Mount Werner.
Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis issued a public apology Monday night saying it was wrong of him to publicly criticize the district superintendent during a meeting last month.
Author study to discuss 'A Prayer for the Dying' Bud Werner Memorial Library's Literary Sojourn Author Study will meet June 20 to discuss Stewart O'Nan's "A Prayer for the Dying."
Sunday, June 4 12:43 a.m. Police responded to the 3800 block of Whistler Road, where there reportedly was a large group of juveniles being loud. The juveniles were warned and advised.
Green foliage means county weed-control time
Some Routt County residents can be hostile to the non-natives who move in to the area for good, especially ones from Canada.
Eight families complete project
After spending more than a year building his home on the south side of Hayden, Nick Planansky signed the final paperwork May 26. It was pretty obvious what to do next.
Regardless of whether a Northwest Colorado regional sports complex is built, Triple Crown Sports could continue to have a presence in Steamboat Springs through summer 2008.
Sunday, June 4
The Yampa Valley Community Foundation had a difficult time this year deciding how to allocate the $42,640 it had available to the $93,964 in grant requests.
Sunday's 10-kilometer race portion of the Steamboat Marathon was a family affair for many of the 350 participants.
'Hot and hilly' marathon tires Saitta in his sixth win
Things have changed quite a bit for Jason Saitta since his days at Thornton High School when he didn't make the varsity cross country squad.
Hola and Carlson top half marathon
Kelly Carlson felt a little anxious before Sunday's 13-mile half marathon race.
It isn't enough that we have callow mountain lions trying to munch on terriers and boorish bears ripping the interiors out of pickups in Routt County. Now we have a substantiated report of a blue grouse and a wild turkey working as a team in an apparent attempt to steal mountain bikes from Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes.
Strawberry Park lost-and-found items go on sale Friday
The students at Strawberry Park Elementary School have been warned. If they do not claim their lost belongings by the end of this week, everything in the lost in found will go on sale for $1 on Friday.
Saturday, June 3
If Carl Howelsen were alive today, I know exactly where he would be.
Most runners should finish the Steamboat Marathon before noon today, but residents and visitors are urged to show caution when driving through Steamboat Springs or toward North Routt County.
Elizabeth Findell said she thought Saturday's Lowell Whiteman School graduation ceremony was more like a mirage than reality.
Burgess Creek site up for public review
Residents will get an initial look Tuesday at the first proposed steps in a major development project at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.
All eyes toward Hayden as tournaments' future, facilities face uncertainty
Beginning Monday, 120 girls softball teams from across the country will arrive in Northwest Colorado to kick off this summer's series of Triple Crown Sports baseball and softball tournaments.
Class of 2006 ready for the 'ride of life'
As the Class of 2006's 141 students --rom Joel Ackerman to Hana Zittel -- were called to the stage to receive their diplomas, the message of collective accomplishment resonated most with senior Justin Lucas, a severe-needs student in the school's special education program who inspired the crowd's loudest cheers.
The ninth annual Taste of South Routt returns June 25 to Oak Creek's Decker Park. The festive summer tradition will bring back some of the best food in the county, craft and merchant booths, live music and fun and games for the whole family.
Rio 24 Hours of Steamboat nears
The warning is in the middle of the page and printed in bold letters. "This event is not recommended for entry-level racers."
During the past three weeks, 222 Routt County high school seniors graduated. They deserve to be congratulated.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today has become a loose cannon.
Cyclists a problem
There is no way to accurately reflect the viewpoints of Steamboat residents regarding the question "Where should a new indoor pool be built?" unless you include the option of "neither."
During the past three weeks, 222 Routt County high school seniors have graduated. They deserve to be congratulated.
Friday, June 2
Speaker urges travel industry changes
Step down from your milk crate and put the megaphone in the attic.
Chocolate Soup settles into Grand location
Lisa Ciraldo-Freese and her husband, Michael Freese, think the ingredients they bring to Chocolate Soup will provide a recipe for success.
Ski Corp. will award more than $30,000 in grants this year
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s mission statement asserts their commitment to enhancing the environment. Now in its third year, the company's Environmental Fund continues to work to accomplish that goal.
$5,000 in 'green tag' renewable energy certificates purchased
The city of Steamboat Springs recently purchased renewable energy certificates from wind farms.
Couple's belongings destroyed in blaze shortly before moving
An early-morning fire Thursday destroyed a U-Haul moving van and the belongings of a Routt County family.
Two Steamboat Springs police officers have resigned from their positions with the department.
Steamboat's plastic-covered ski jump opens for season
The green plastic is a little slicker -- and a little more painful -- than snow, but Brett Denney doesn't care.
Colorado Division of Wildlife officials spent the past two days tagging baby bald eagles in some of Routt County's eight known active nests. It's a bigger job than it was 26 years ago. When District Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins came to the area in 1980, there was only one active nest. In the late 1970s, when the bald eagle was added to the endangered species list, there was only one known active nest in all of Colorado.
As if the booming local popularity of lacrosse was not evident enough during last weekend's 33-team youth tournament and the growing Steamboat Springs High School and men's adult league teams, Steamboat lacrosse players are now popping up on the NCAA grid.
Teens honored for community interest
Sarah Bockelman and Katie Matteo aren't your typical Girl Scouts. The graduating Steamboat Springs High School seniors are the first two Steamboat Girl Scouts to earn the Gold Award in at least two decades. The Girl Scouts of Chipeta Council serves approximately 2,200 girls in 13 counties, and it awarded only four Gold Awards this year. The Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award a Girl Scout can earn. It took Bockelman and Matteo three years to complete the requirements for the award. The work included recruiting an adult adviser, spending 30 hours in a leadership role, spending 40 hours doing career exploration, earning five interest project badges and spending 50 hours on a project that benefits the community.
About 2,000 homes could be built in town during coming years
It took seven years for developer Ron Sills and his partners to break ground, and it may be 12 to 20 years before more than 2,000 homes could be built on their 900 acres of land on the south side of Hayden.
Thursday, June 1
Two teachers have been hired for Yampa Valley High School, a new alternative school scheduled to open in Steamboat Springs in September.
Employees asked to ride bicycles or walk to work
Starting this month, the city of Steamboat Springs is encouraging employees to skip driving to work alone and to find another form of transportation.
There may not be a new Harry Potter book this summer, but it will still be easy for youths to find magic at Bud Werner Memorial Library.
Forest Service warns not to ride on less than 12 inches of snow
U.S. Forest Service officials have a message for snowmobilers who operate their machines on less than 12 inches of snow: Not only can it cause serious environmental damage, it is illegal and can warrant stiff fines and jail sentences.
¤ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is seeking new members to serve on their Visual Arts Committee. The VAC is an advisory committee composed of artists, educators and business members who have a passion for visual arts. They help plan and execute gallery exhibits and visual arts programs for SSAC. We would like to build a multi-generational committee to best represent the needs of our community. For more information or to get an application, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 879-9008 x106.
Tour celebrates Yampa's centennial
Rita Herald's family has lived in the Yampa Valley for more than 100 years. "They came here in the 1800s," Herald said this week. "And when I was a kid, I got interested in hearing their stories."
The trail to Fish Creek Falls, typically lined with hikers and waterfall watchers, was taken over by kayakers, kayak enthusiasts and intrigued locals and tourists Monday.
SSAC exhibit features more than 80 local artists
Sharon Pace started a 38-by-38-inch oil painting a couple years ago and set it aside because she wasn't satisfied with it.
No Face lead singer has a soft side
When No Face lead singer Guy Delhierro emerged from the dark recording studio after finishing his band's first CD, onlookers saw tears in his eyes. It's not an emotion many would expect from a heavy metal musician.
Friday ¤ Organstein, jazz trio When: 7 p.m. Where: Three Peaks Grill, 2165 Pine Grove Road Cost: Free Call: 879-3399
Strings in the Mountains celebrates start of summer festival
Susanna Lockhart has traveled to Denver each of the past three weekends to practice with the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.
The world looks different from behind a new pair of BluBlocker sunglasses (from Walgreens in Las Vegas). And in a city where image is everything, we came to represent.
Friday ¤ Steamboat Springs Arts Council's Artist Member Exhibit opening reception When: 5 to 7 p.m. Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St. Cost: Free Why you should go: Because you will get to see beautiful artwork from more than 80 local artists -- and 20 of them are bringing food to the reception.
Local runner finds inspiration to keep her going
Maggie McElhinney found her marathon training diversion.
Teams from Park City, Utah, Olympic ski jumpers and some of Steamboat Springs' most promising athletes will be at Howelsen Hill this weekend for the opening of the plastic jump.
Golf course offers group, private lessons
Golf instructor Troy Weller insists he doesn't teach golf -- he teaches people.
If you need advice about growing sage or any other garden plant, call a Routt County master gardener.
Two city slickers learn how to cattle ranch for reality TV
Farah Rose and Don Mears took a stab at their dream profession without having to quit their day jobs.
A barbecue benefiting the two Yampa men who were injured during a gas explosion in May is set for June 15.
A family trip turned into a medical emergency for Jill Altman and her daughter, Belle Mazzola.